Century-old Howard footbridge to go
BARBARA Trevaskis remembers racing over the Howard footbridge as a child, eager to cross before the smoke of a steam train would cover her in soot.
The century-old timber bridge will be closed by Queensland Rail tomorrow with the structure now past its use-by date.
It will be a sad day for Ms Trevaskis, who has fond memories of the bridge.
"In the '60s we did live in Edith St and my brother and I used to walk over the bridge," she said.
"Back in the day when there were steam trains on the tracks.
"We tried to get over before the smoke got to you.
"Sometimes you'd stand there and get covered in smoke and I'd get in trouble when I got home."
A Queensland Rail spokesperson said safety was paramount.
"To ensure the safety of local residents, the 100-year-old timber footbridge at Edith St, Howard, will be permanently closed from Saturday, October 31, 2015," the spokesperson said.
"The ageing structure has reached the end of its design life and will be gradually removed by February 2016.
"Following its closure, residents can continue to safely cross the rail corridor at a gated pedestrian access-way just 130 metres away at William St."
Queensland Rail is working closely with the Burrum District Museum to commemorate the century year-old bridge.